Enablers | Some Reward
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Though ostensibly nonetheless primarily based in San Francisco, the place they have been based in 2002, revolutionary experimental underground band Enablers encompasses a current Hudson Valley transplant in its ranks: guitarist Kevin Thomson, who relocated to Kingston a few years again (the previous member of Timco, Good Robust Arm, and different initiatives additionally performs below the identify Hazel Atlas). Some Reward is the group’s seventh album and, very like their earlier work, is a heady, hypnotic, and steadily heavy journey that finds the effects-drenched devices of Thomson (who doubles on lap metal) and fellow guitar man Joe Goldring (Swans, Toiling Midgets) weaving watery atmospherics across the spoken wordage of poet and frontman Pete Simonelli. Tracks like “Cellphone Blows Up,” “Suburban Dying March,” and “Willard to Kurtz” channel Jim Thompson and Jim Morrison assembly up on a darkish postpunk journey—one very a lot price taking. Acolytes of Slint or Protomartyr, dig in.